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Now That Open Enrollment Is Over, What Can Foundations Do?


April 1st, 2014
by Catherine Hess

March 31 marked the official end of the first open-enrollment period for health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At national and state levels, there will be judgments about the successes and failures, and hopefully, some reaping of lessons learned for the next go-round, which starts in November. Many organizations such as mine, […]

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David Blumenthal on ACA Dates That Matter


January 3rd, 2014
by David Blumenthal

David Blumenthal is president of the Commonwealth Fund. This is a slightly revised version of his blog post that orginally was published on December 23 on The Commonwealth Fund Blog. Confusion about Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadlines is rampant. That’s because there are lots of them and they keep changing. The fact is that some of […]

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What Will the ACA Mean for Children’s Coverage?


December 4th, 2013
by Catherine Hess

Working with state and national advocacy organizations as well as the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), several national foundations are aiming to shape the answer to this question. While most eyes are focused on the prize of coverage for adults, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies are continuing their […]

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Peer Support Programs Offer a Golden Opportunity for Funders to Affect Delivery of Behavioral Health Services


October 30th, 2013
by Paul Gionfriddo

Funders searching for ways to improve the integration of health and behavioral health services may want to take a new look at an old idea— peer support. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes, peer support is at the foundation of recovery. And “recovery” is a concept that is growing in […]

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Report from Austin: What Effects Would the ACA Have on Texas?


March 20th, 2013
by Anne Dunkelberg

The author is associate director and senior health policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, in Austin, Texas. On March 8, while a Texas House committee held our state’s first Medicaid expansion hearing, the Center for Public Policy Priorities hosted a legislative briefing with invited presentations by researchers from Rice University and George […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff and Board News; IOM Lienhard Award to Berwick


November 21st, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

It’s a short holiday week. So, for some light reading, read this “people post.” You likely will recognize some of the names mentioned. Happy Thanksgiving! For more personnel news, watch for my January GrantWatch column (free access) in Health Affairs. In October 2012, Don Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, received […]

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Foundations Focusing on Oil and Gas Fracking and Its Effects on Health


November 1st, 2012
 
by Lauren Linville and Kathryn Sessions

This post is partially adapted from an October 1, 2012, post on the Health and Environmental Funders Network’s blog, Giving InSight. Public health concerns are a major part of escalating philanthropic attention to oil and gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” explained below.  In just fourteen months, more than forty foundations have joined a […]

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Is Foundation Funding of Environmental Health the Answer to a Challenge to Prevention in the Supreme Court ACA Ruling?


August 30th, 2012
by Paul Gionfriddo

As a former state legislator and foundation CEO, I worry about how the majority opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius) may affect our approach to prevention programs. Funding environmental health may be the best way to go. In […]

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Foundations Finance New Design Standard For Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment


June 8th, 2012
by Sam Karp

California HealthCare Foundation was managing partner of this complex project involving several states, a federal agency, a design firm, and seven other foundations. On June 8 Enroll UX 2014, a foundation-initiated project to develop the design of a consumer-friendly, online enrollment experience for health insurance exchanges, released its final design products. This was the culmination […]

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Freeing the Data: A Revolution to Improve Health Care


December 15th, 2011
by Sandra Shewry

GrantWatch Blog invited Sandra Shewry, the California HealthCare Foundation’s director of state health policy, to report on an event held recently in Sacramento, California. Those working in state health agencies and foundations should be interested in this report.    Like a visiting football coach brought in to invigorate the local team, Todd Park, chief technology officer for […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during October 2011


November 16th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

Check these out in case you missed them when they first came out on GrantWatch Blog. 1. “Rural Health: Report from the Kentucky Health Policy Forum,” by Susan Zepeda and Amy Watts (September 23). Once again, this post by two staffers at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in Louisville, made the most-read list. This […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during September 2011


October 12th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

It’s time to let you know of the most-read GrantWatch Blog posts during September—in case you missed them when they first came out. (1) “Philanthropy People Post: Who Is Working Where, Who Has Been Appointed to a Board,” by Health Affairs Senior Editor/GrantWatch, Lee-Lee Prina (September 8). Periodically, I write a blog post focused on people. […]

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Health Reform: It’s about a Vision for Each State


October 3rd, 2011
by Kim VanPelt

GrantWatch Blog asked Kim VanPelt of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives (SLHI) to report on that foundation’s “Keys to Success” forum, held in mid-September in Phoenix, Arizona. The forum’s goal was to discuss the critical issues involved in creating an Arizona health insurance exchange. A public foundation, SLHI primarily works in Maricopa County (the Phoenix metropolitan […]

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Why Fund Prevention? The Rationale behind One Foundation’s Decision.


September 27th, 2011
by Mary L. Piepenbring

Why did the Duke Endowment decide to select disease prevention as one of its three major funding areas in health care? Why would a private foundation invest in programs and infrastructure to prevent disease when the number of uninsured is growing and there is not enough funding available to treat people burdened with chronic disease?  […]

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People Post: Who’s Working Where? Staff Changes at Foundations


August 11th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

Read below about some comings and goings at foundations around the country. Abraham Daniels has joined the Sierra Health Foundation. He is in charge of the foundation’s new health initiative that aims to strengthen the main health care safety net in the Sacramento, California, region, according to Sierra’s newsletter. Most recently, Daniels was director of […]

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Research on Medicaid: What Have Foundations Been Funding?


July 14th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

Medicaid has been in the news over the past few weeks, as President Obama and members of Congress debate whether to make cuts to the federal-state program for the poor and disabled (and to other large entitlement programs) that could help reduce the federal deficit. GrantWatch Blog has gathered just a sampling of what foundations […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-up: Health Reform, Global Health, HIV/AIDS, End-of-Life Care, & more


June 23rd, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

I have put together a listing here of some foundation-related blog posts that you may want to check out. Now that summer has arrived, perhaps things are slowing down in your workplace, and you now have time for some professional reading! Links to a wide variety of posts follow. Incidentally, if you work for a […]

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Arizona Health Survey: More than Just Numbers, Foundation Finds


June 15th, 2011
by Kim VanPelt

Read how community-based organizations can use results of a foundation-funded health survey. On June 2, St. Luke’s Health Initiatives (SLHI) presented information about and findings from the 2010 Arizona Health Survey to an audience of more than 100 community-based organizations in our state. Our aim was to share with these community leaders how that data […]

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Fostering Productive Dialogue on Health Reform Implementation


May 19th, 2011
by Catherine Hess

Catherine Hess of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) reports on how foundations are supporting efforts to foster dialogue between states and stakeholders during implementation of health reform. Facts, not ideology, should ground discussions was among the lessons learned at a meeting of state officials and advocates in southern states. Even in political […]

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Job Hunters: Ever Consider Working for a Foundation? Check Out These Openings.


April 21st, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

For those who want to change jobs or find a job, here is a selected sampling of positions that appear to be still open. Please note that I am only mentioning here a few pertinent details. I have put links to URLs for fuller descriptions of the positions, with all of the caveats, limitations, etc.! […]

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